(a) Prior to commencing the acquisition of real property for a new schoolsite in an area designated in a city, county, or city and county general plan for agricultural use and zoned for agricultural production, the governing board of a school district shall make all of the following findings:
(1) The school district has notified and consulted with the city, county, or city and county within which the prospective schoolsite is to be located.
(2) The final site selection has been evaluated by the governing board of the school district based on all factors affecting the public interest and not limited to selection on the basis of the cost of the land.
(3) The school district will attempt to minimize any public health and safety issues resulting from the neighboring agricultural uses that may affect the pupils and employees at the schoolsite.
(b) Subdivision (a) shall not apply to any schoolsite approved by the State Department of Education prior to January 1, 1997.
(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 509, Sec. 1.)